I originally posted the following on the gaited board last night, but things have escalated since then:
So, since little Miracle has come I noticed a few things. She wouldn't graze much, was hesitant to take treats, and pawed almost violently when I would bring her in to eat.
This evening I took a look at her little teeth and was horrified at what I saw. One bottom front tooth was completely broken off at the gum line and the opposite top front tooth is horribly fractured all the way across. The owner told me that she was getting beaten up pretty bad at the barn he had her at... She has obviously been kicked in the mouth.
I put her back in a stall last night and gave her hay. Its the very front teeth, she has no problem grinding her food, she is just unable to crop the grass. So I figured I'd put her out for a little while this morning to stretch her legs and then put her back up with hay. As I was leading her up to the pasture she nosed into the ground to grab a mouthful of grass when I heard the other tooth crack, its gone now, too.
Turned her around and put her back in stall with hay. I have a call into the vet because unlike the bottom tooth, the top one bleed and her gum is a little swollen and a touch sensitive. I spoke with the owner last night (he's a truck driver) I'm worried now about infection and/or abcess not including all the other issues that will come along with a horse missing two front teeth (the are opposite of each other, left bottom front, right top front).
I had expressed concern to the owner regarding her size when we picked her up last friday, she's a purebred TW and her parents were both around 16hh, she'll be three in February and is barely 14hh and weighs approximately 720lbs. He's had her about six months. It appears her growth is stunted, maybe to previous bad nutrition which could lead to not so strong teeth. She got her shots in August and the vet mentioned that she was underweight and to increase her feed but the owner said the BM where he was would not do it which is why he moved her to my place since she continued to lose weight since then. I suspect she was kicked in the mouth a couple of months ago.
Until I hear from the vet my thought is to irrigate it frequently (with water and peroxide?), keep her stall confined so she doesn't try to crop grass with all the hay she can eat. I'm thinking soaked beet pulp or alfalfa cubes?
Thoughts, advice, suggestions please!